2011 Infiniti M56: It All Makes Sense Now
December 07, 2011
Although the current-generation Infiniti M is larger than its predecessors, it has a narrower track than either the Mercedes-Benz E-Class or the BMW 5 Series, and it's slimmer across the shoulders, too. The upshot is that our long-term M56 does not feel like a full-size car (as the Benz and Bimmer do), and the interior is more of a cockpit than a cabin.
Why does Infiniti make its middle-size sedan so compact?
It's not really about keeping weight down or making the car feel like a sport sedan on back road. Nope, it has more to do with making sure the Japanese-spec version of the car, the Nissan Fuga, fits into a suburban Tokyo garage like this one, which I happened to walk by last week. Clearly would have been a tighter fit with an E-Class or 5 Series.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor